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2018 Northern Lite 8-11 EX Dry Bath Review

Northern Lite 8-11 EX Cabover Hampers for Clothes

The hampers are deep and wide with steel hardware and that gorgeous Sapele finish reminding you everyday that this is a top-notch luxury truck camper.

Northern Lite 8-11 EX Cabover Driver's Side

The driver’s side the cabover features a deep hanging closet that extends below the mattress line, and two more hampers.

Northern Lite 8-11 EX Cabover Headliner

Last October I reviewed a 2017 Northern Lite 10-2 CD Special Edition.  One of the only criticisms I was able to find in that camper was a ceiling liner that was not fully applied in the cabover.  In a few areas, the liner appeared to be not fully adhered to the underlying insulation and fiberglass shell.

I’m very happy to report that the ceiling liner in the 8-11 EX was absolutely perfect.  I could find no ripples in the liner as we did in the 10-2 last year.  The ceiling liner in this camper was tight and flawless.

Northern Lite 8-11 EX gimp

I do want to encourage Northern Lite to stop using gimp throughout their campers.  While I understand that gimp is a very efficient way to hide seams, there has to be way to rid this material from what is otherwise a high-end furniture grade aesthetic and quality.  Don’t rest on your laurels Northern Lite.  Keep setting the bar.


Fresh33 gallons
Grey24 gallons
Black12 gallons
Water Heater6 gallons
Propane Tanks2x 20 pounds
BatteriesTwo Batteries

The holding tank capacities for the 8-11 EX are 33 gallons fresh, 24 gallons grey, and 12 gallons black.  The only difference here between the 8-11 EX and 8-11 is the black tank.  The 8-11 EX black tank is one gallon less than the 8-11 due to design adjustments for the dry bath.

Northern Lite 8-11 EX dump valves

Above: The dump valve and low water drain compartment features a LED light

From experience, the 33 gallon fresh tank and 24 gallon grey tank would last us (two adults) about 5 to 6 days of short navy showers and careful water conservation.  The 12 gallon black tank would last us between 4 and 5 days.  As such, the black tank would be the limiting factor.

Northern Lite 8-11 EX shower and fresh water fill

The 6-gallon hot water heater, two 20-pound propane tanks, and two batteries are the perfect balance of capacity for a luxury short bed truck camper.  If we were in charge, all full-size hard side truck campers would have exactly this set of amenities.

Northern Lite 8-11 propane compartment

The 20-pound propane tanks can be exchanged just about anywhere coast-to-coast including big box hardware stores, gas stations, and grocery stores.  We particularly appreciate how 20-pound tanks are relatively easy to lift and position, unlike their 30-pound cousins.

Northern Lite 8-11 EX batteries

Together with the all-LED lighting and standard 95-watt solar panel, the two batteries in the 8-11 EX make for a very respectful electrical system.  Those who need or want more power could add an additional solar panel, and/or upgrade to the best Group 27 AGMs for additional charging and amp hours.  We have had Interstate AGMs for two and a half years and love their performance.

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